Steviva Ingredients opens new facilities in Spain and US
To meet growing global demands for all natural, clean label sweetening systems, Steviva Ingredients has opened two new facilities: a manufacturing and distribution centre in Salinas, Spain, and a new headquarters in Portland, US.
Broadening its international reach, specifically to Europe, the UK, United Arab, UAE and Africa, Steviva opened the Salinas facility on 1 May. The new centre is expected to increase the company’s capacity to produce all natural sweetening blends and expedite its international sales process.
“The EMEA region is facing obesity issues in countries such as the UK and Germany, and at the same time, obesity in UAE is rising to a dangerous level —zero calorie sweeteners have become a necessity,” says Thom King, CEO and president of Steviva Ingredients.
Initial products will include the group’s PuRefine Ultra-Purified MonkSweet monk fruit extractline, Nectevia stevia-infused agave nectar and Steviva’s newest offering, Thaumaten, a plant protein sweetener modulator.
“With the onslaught of new business driven by the FDA label guidelines from major- and mid-size manufacturers, we have been forced to increase our research and development capabilities tenfold and the production capacity of our clean-label sweetener systems by a multiple of four,” King adds.
The new Portland headquarters will feature a 4,000 square foot laboratory and a research and a development kitchen designed specifically to help manufacturers reformulate with clean label sugar reduction.